Girls basketball team hits rough patch

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Rob Reischel
Alyssa Lemirane (left) and Middleton’s girls basketball team are tied for second place in the Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The drought lasted nearly two full quarters.

It was painful, agonizing, excruciating. And in the end, it was a recipe for disaster.

Middleton’s girls basketball team went nearly two full quarters without a field goal last Friday. That helped host Janesville Parker embark on a 33-3 run and eventually slay the Cardinals, 62-46.

Middleton dropped its second straight Big Eight Conference game and fell to 10-3 overall and 8-2 in the league. The Cardinals are now two full games behind league-leading Janesville Craig in the loss column.

“Right now we just sell the fact that we need to improve every day and see what happens,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “We just want to be playing as well as we can at season’s end.”

Senior center Cole Jordee led Middleton with 12 points, while senior guard Elizabeth Norregaard added eight.

Paige Smith led the Vikings with a game-high 17 points. Kathryn Dubanowich added 15 for Parker and Bree Porter tallied 13.

Parker notched its ninth straight win and improved to 10-4, 7-3.

“I'm just so very proud of these girls and the way they came out and played tonight against a very good basketball team,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “With the adversity they've been through, to see them come out and execute the way they did on both ends of the court is pretty special.

“We're not a finished product yet, and we've got a lot of work to do, but these girls have bought into what we're trying to do, and that's what is so rewarding about tonight.”

Middleton led, 17-11, after the first quarter. The Cardinals then scored early in the second quarter and took a 20-11 lead.

Remarkably, though, Parker went on a 33-3 run and surged to a 44-23 advantage late in the third quarter.

The Vikings led, 34-23, at halftime, then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter. And Middleton’s first field goal of the second half didn’t come until the 7:51-mark of the fourth quarter.

“Where do we start?” Kind said when asked what went wrong. “We don’t score, we don't press and they control the tempo. If the drought wasn’t bad enough we turned it over our first four possessions of the second half.”

Middleton went on a mini-burst and closed within eight points in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings put the game away at the free throw line.

Parker made its first 13 free throws and finished a remarkable 21-of-22 at the line (95.5%).

Middleton, which began the year 7-0 and climbed as high as No. 4 in the state polls, has now dropped three of its last six games.

“We’re having trouble with some defensive fundamentals right now,” Kind said. “Hopefully we can correct them quickly.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Madison East Saturday at 7:30 p.m.



Middleton (46)—Norregaard 2-2-8; B. Lemirande 1-2-4; Douglas 1-2-4; Jordee 5-2-12; Thomas 1-0-3; Bergum 1-0-2; Fermanich 1-2-4; A. Lemirande 1-0-3; Webber 2-0-6. Totals: 15 10-16 46.

Parker (62)—Smith 5-7-17; Porter 4-5-13; Foster 2-0-5; Kat. Dubanowich 5-5-15; Thompson 2-2-7; Kr. Dubanowich 1-0-2; Fleming 0-2-2. Totals: 19 21-22 62.

Middleton ………………… 17 6 2 21—46

Janesville Parker ……… 11 23 10 18—62

Three-point goals—Middleton 6 (Webber 2, Norregaard 2, Thomas, A. Lemirande), Parker 3 (Foster, Thompson, Kat. Dubanowich). Total fouls—Middleton 18, Parker 12.

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